Published: Thursday, 05 February 2015

As sailing’s popularity continues to soar in the region, the 23rd edition of the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), held Mar 3-7, will feature a dedicated sailing section to help newcomers learn more about the activity and for enthusiasts to meet and interact with exhibitors to see the latest and best sailing boats on the market.

Dubai International Boat Show Adds Sailing Section

Gulf States have increasingly developed planned communities around an active, on-water lifestyle, demand and interest in the activity has skyrocketed in the past few years. Abu Dhabi’s recent hosting of a stage in the Volvo Ocean Race drew thousands of visitors. 

Dubai International Boat Show Adds Sailing Section 1

“We are definitely seeing increased interest in sailing here in Dubai, with our waiting list to join being very long – from young children through to adults,” says James Shuttleworth, Chief Instructor Sailing Department, Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. “The conditions here in Dubai are ideal for sailing with year-round sunny weather, favourable wind conditions and water being such a big part of Dubai life. For many people in the expat community, they may also have the time and money to try out things that they wouldn’t have been able to do in their own countries.”

Dubai International Boat Show Adds Sailing Section 2

To enhance the sailing experience, DIBS sailing will offer guests the chance to enjoy the pleasures of sailing, with visitors invited to take the helm, trim the sails or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as they soak up the atmosphere of Dubai Marina with the unique opportunity to participate as crew on a Match Race.

Dubai International Boat Show Adds Sailing Section 3

The races, which will be held Mar 6-7, will feature an experienced skipper on each boat who will provide a safety and sailing brief for the crew, and are being promoted by Duboats, a long-time exhibitor at DIBS.

The show will be held at Dubai International Marine Club.